Duo screen for success
WITH the current thirst for craft and handmade items, it is no surprise the trend has spread to home textiles in the form of screen prints.
Screen printing is a technique that lets you decorate fabrics with the patterns of your choice by transferring ink through a stencil and framed screen.
It is a skill interior designer Marena Von Behr learned at a community college before taking it to a new level with her sister-in-law, illustrator Aura Parker.
The duo combined their talents four years ago and started Studio Bonnie.
They create textile designs that are then turned into artworks, cushions and framed embroidery hoops.
“We started exhibiting on our own and admired each other’s work so we decided to collaborate,” Parker says.
Inspired by everything from wildlife to their daily life, the duo creates every intricate design together.
“We sketch everything and scan it into the computer, clean it up with photoshop and then make the screens,” Behr says.
“We tend to have hidden meanings in each artwork. The vase on The Busy Life, Still Life with girls working on a farm is based on an ornament I had as a child and a cookie jar on the table was Aura’s grandmother’s.”
Studio Bonnie will be part of the Finders Keepers Market in Eveleigh from December 9 to 11. See more of their work at studiobonnie.com
Clockwise from top: Studio Bonnie’s Rockpool silk print; founders Marena Von Behr and Aura Parker; screen printing a rainforest design.